Nollywood producer and screenwriter, Pascal Atuma, on Friday said that one has to be “a prostitute or semi-prostitute” to be successful in the Nigerian movie industry.
The screenwriter, who was speaking in an interview with TheCable, said that Nollywood is “controlled by pimps”.
He further advised upcoming actors and filmmakers not to be deceived by the glamorous lifestyles they see on social media.
“If you are not a full-time or semi-prostitute, you will not make it in Nollywood.
“Our ladies are using what they have to get what they want. Even some of the guys who can use their a** are the ones making it in Nollywood.
“I am being very real here and they make it look as if they are doing well but they are not, they are suffering.
“Let’s stop deceiving the younger ones by keeping it real. We have to let the younger ones know how it is and what it is.”
Atuma dared anyone to challenge him on his disclosure, saying he’s ready to debate a contrary opinion.
“Pascal Atuma is my name and I am saying it the way it is and that’s the truth.
“If you want to challenge me on this, please come and do it on any national television in Nigeria or anywhere. I am even ready to pay for the challenge.
“The biggest boys in the industry know that I am saying the truth. I am saying the truth and there’s nothing anyone of them can do to affect my career, they can’t employ me,” he added.
However, in a quick reaction, some Concerned Nollywood stars have expressed their displeasure over Mr. Atuma’s claim. The most vocal of the pack is Nollywood actress, Ruth Kadiri
A lot of us work too hard to be placed into a general category and insulted by a practitioner Mr Pascal I am not a prostitute. I do not sleep with men for money or lifestyle… I feel offended. I am an ACTRESS and a PRODUCER I am successful and I am not a prostitute. SIR. If u have nothing to say pls don’t grant interviews… slamming us all and generalizing based on the lifestyle of few is very wrong. @pascalatuma.